MMFF Execom foregoes Summer Filmfest due to temporary closure of cinemas

Cinemas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces remain temporarily closed amid the surge of COVID-19 infections. (Philippine News Agency photo)

QUEZON CITY, April 15 (PIA) -- The summer edition of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) won’t push through this year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority told the PIA-NCR.

This was announced today by the MMDA, the agency overseeing the cinema extravaganza event.

The 2021 Metro Manila Film Festival Executive Committee (Execom) constituted by MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos met yesterday and have decided on foregoing with the Summer MMFF until partner-cinemas are once again open to the public.

The MMFF Execom is instead focusing on the yearend holiday festival and has set the deadlines this early so that interested producers and filmmakers may be guided accordingly, while observing proper health protocols.

Deadline of Submission of Letter of Intent is scheduled at 5 p.m., June 30, 2021 (Wednesday)

Deadline of Submission of Finished Film Entries and Other Required Documents Including Official Trailer/Clippings/Behind The Scenes is set at 5 p.m., September 3, 2021 (Friday) for Early Birds; and September 30, 2021 for regular submission.

Announcement of the 8 Official Finished Film-Entries will be held on October 15, 2021 (Friday).

With this, it is the MMFF EXECOM’s vision to encourage the submission of excellent films that would inspire, uplift and connect to a broader Filipino audience for this year's Metro Manila Film Festival even as we navigate creatively through this present pandemic. (PIA NCR)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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